How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by Pizley on Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:00 AM
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by Foodmaven on Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:00 AM
by Pizley on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:10 PM
just found this old post and thought I would add new info. I had more knots pop up under the skin after all this time-two over a two year period, then almost another 30 in one month. Biopsy results revealed I have stage IV melanoma of unknown origin. Can't help but wonder if any of those knots I spoke about years ago was melanoma, especially the one diagnosed as a fibroma.
I think my cancer history and being in the clear for so many years actually worked against me-no one suspected I'd get cancer again, especially another kind. The subcutaneous melanoma tumors were dismissed as cysts including the first one about 2 years earlier. My chest pain and shortness of breath were dismissed as stress and overexertion even though neither applied. Eventually, I found out I had lung tumors.
I went to multiple doctors over the last two years and more recently the ER when one of them ruptured. I was told I had a ruptured cyst and the other five that popped up in the last week were also cysts or "benign growths". I knew something was significantly wrong with me for at least a year before diagnosis. I prayed whatever it was would manifest, so it would be evident that I needed help. Unfortunately, it took metastasis before a correct diagnosis was made. Currently, I'm doing well on zelboraf, the Budwig diet, and eating lots of organic cancer/melonoma fighting foods.
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